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"Toronto follows Shaver and Palmer home from the publisher's office and takes a peek into their private lives." -Timothy Green Beckley, Mr. UFO

"Shaverology is not a biography, but a collection of Shaver goodies; it presupposes a familiarity with the first book, or at least with Shaver's life.  There's much in here not only about the "Shaver Mystery," as his stories about the caves came to be known, but on his fan club, his failed publishing company, and his obsession with picture rocks; as well as photos, letters, reprints of rare pamphlets, poetry, artwork, clippings, and much more. " -- Doug Skinner, The Ullage Group

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In 1972 Richard S. Shaver opened a letter from an inquisitive California kid named Richard Toronto. As the story goes, Shaver’s reply changed Toronto’s life forever. For the next four years until Shaver’s death in 1975, Toronto enrolled in Shaver’s rock book correspondence course, where Shaver encouraged him to photograph rocks and become a writer. A few years after Shaver’s death, Toronto founded Shavertron, a fanzine for Shaver Mystery buffs. In time it gathered a cult following, keeping Shaver’s memory alive for 29 issues from 1979 to 1992 as “The Only Source of Post-Deluge Shaverania.” It took another 35 years before Toronto wrote the book that became Shaver’s first published biography: War Over Lemuria. Since its publication in 2013, Toronto's California-based Shavertron Press has produced several ground-breaking new works on Shaver and the Mystery. ROKFOGO, a two-volume set devoted entirely to Shaver's Outsider Art career of painting and photography, was the first of its kind. The Shavertron collection, Toronto says, is his farewell to Shaver, as he plans to gafiate from the Shaver Mystery in 2014. Toronto attended San Francisco and Sacramento State Universities, graduating in 1994 with a BA in Journalism. He worked in the Arts in Mental Health program at Napa State Hospital in Napa, California, where he taught photography to the criminally insane. He also covered the arts and entertainment beat, among others, as a reporter for a suburban daily newspaper in the San Francisco Bay Area. His first magazine article about Richard S. Shaver appeared in Beyond Reality magazine in 1976. In 2002 he converted Shavertron to an E-zine, where it can be found at www.shavertron.com to this day.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Shavertron Press; 1 edition (August 29, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615866913
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615866918
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.7 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,728,215 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Richard Toronto is the author of War Over Lemuria: Richard Shaver, Ray Palmer and the Strangest Chapter of 1940s Science Fiction, a comprehensive, thoroughly annotated true story of two of the most controversial figures in 20th Century Science Fiction: Raymond A. Palmer and Richard S. Shaver. Toronto and Shaver were correspondents during the early 1970s. In 1975 they agreed to co-author a book on Shaver's life. As it happened, Shaver died that same year and Shaver's biography floundered until 2013 and the release of War Over Lemuria.

The sequel, Shaverology: a Shaver Mystery Home Companion, is available under the Shavertron Press imprint from Amazon.com, as well as Rokfogo, the Mysterious Pre-Deluge Art of Richard S. Shaver (vols. 1 and 2), and the complete run of the original Shavertron fanzine, reprinted in four volumes.

Toronto is a California native, a former newspaper reporter, and taught photography to patients at Napa State Hospital for the Criminally Insane. He has been editor of Shavertron, "The Only Source of Post-Deluge Shaverania" since 1979. It is now an e-zine.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Michael Saler on September 4, 2013
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I just received my copy, and have not had time to read it in depth. But for those whose appetite was whetted by Toronto's canny history of the Shaver Mystery, this book amounts to a 12 course desert. There are essays on Shaver's library and his physics (that should be "physics"), Palmer and the Atom superhero named after him, the Shaver Mystery Club, Rock Books, Shaver fanzines, and other bizarre delights. The book is a visual treat as well, full of photos, reproductions of advertisements, pulp pages and covers, documents of the period... In fact, while this book is in some ways a companion to WAR OVER LEMURIA, published by McFarland, it is a much better book in terms of overall design and typography, and certainly a must have item for anyone smitten by the extraordinary characters who populated this strange but true pulp-fiction world.
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ALL THAT GLITTERS IS NOT GOLD - A FEW ADDED COMMENTS BY TIM BECKLEY

Trust me when I tell you that all the stories and folklore about our "paradise" inside the Earth do NOT go far enough in their attempts to lay down the facts about this world within a world. There are many dangers beneath our surface, says California researcher Richard Toronto.

And Richard Toronto should know because Richard Toronto is a certified voyeur.

He has been spying on at least two individuals for more than a decade and he undoubtedly has the scoop on everything they have ever done and said.

Rich is a fan of the Shaver Mystery. He has a vast collection of memorabilia attesting to this fact. He knows everything there is to know about Richard S. Shaver and the underworld denizens called the Deros. He is also an acknowledged expert on the late publisher/editor/theorist Raymond A Palmer (RAP for short) who first published Shaver's stories in a sci-fi journal during the mid-1940s. "Amazing Stories" had a solid readership for a pulp magazine, but when Shaver's tales were added to the digest its circulation increased two-fold as many readers added their two cents' worth, proclaiming that Shaver was right and that they had also heard voices - voices that told them to do terrible things, from killing and committing arson to fostering wars and global conflict.

Shaver said this inner world was ancient. That this conflict had been going on since time immemorial. That the Dero had the use of weird telepathic machinery by which they could control our thoughts and command us to do dastardly deeds against our will.

Toronto follows Shaver and Palmer home from the publisher's office and takes a peek into their private lives.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By nkh on September 17, 2013
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I'm going to confess right up front that I'm only about half-way through this book, but I'm enjoying it so much I want to sing its praises now. The first reviewer already wrote about the graphics, but there's no way to write a review without mentioning them. Before I read a word, I went page by page looking at all the images. How Toronto got his hands on all of these is yet another mystery. Some of the chapters in this book are Toronto's original writing, and his background as a reporter show. Other chapters come from other sources, like Ray Palmer, Richard Shaver, Richard Horton, and a few other people. Since I haven't finished the book yet, I can't comment on the writing of all those who contributed, but I find Horton's writing particularly engaging. His early stories about Shaver are fascinating and sure have me wondering if Shaver was as crazy and some think he was. Did he actually encounter the deros? I don't know.....if anybody could be visited by beings from other worlds, it would be somebody as open to possibilities as Shaver. This book is a treat for both sci fi lovers and those who just appreciate a close look at a group of people who prove that life is stranger than fiction.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bill Ectric on November 24, 2013
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Shaverology: A Shaver Mystery Home Companion (Shaverton Press, 2013) is Richard Toronto's bountiful follow-up to War Over Lemuria. It is a treasure trove of articles, illustrations, interviews, and correspondence recounting the so-called "Shaver Mystery" - an offshoot of sci-fi fandom and conspiracy theory that began in the 1940's and still fascinates today. As with his first book, Toronto isn't advocating Shaver's claim that evil Deros live in caverns and use invisible rays to tamper with our minds; he is documenting and celebrating the collective enthusiasm of everyone who contributed to the Shaver mythos.

Early in the book, Toronto describes his visit to Palm Springs, California to interview millionaire publisher William L. Hamling, a friend and business associate of both Richard Shaver and Ray Palmer. Hamling's living room, says Toronto, "looked like a set from the original Ocean's Eleven, with Frank, Dean, and Sammy." In other words, it was wonderfully retro, and that encapsulates the vintage essence of this book. I was briefly disappointed that the Hamling interview didn't last longer, but soon realized that Toronto had spread portions of the interview throughout the book, so as to match the subject matter discussed by Hamling with the appropriate chapters.

Toronto includes material from other Shaver aficionados as well. There is Richard Horton, who visited Richard and Dorothy Shaver's farm many times, became well acquainted with them, and spent countless hours listening to Shaver discourse on many subjects. W. G. Bliss talks about Shaver's "rock books," which eventually came to be accepted as impressionist "outsider" art.
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